Things to see in France
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Eiffel TowerParisI arrived at the Eiffel Tower through the Trocadero and the experience of seeing it past the Palais de Chaillot is spectacular. I still hadn't seen the tower from anywhere else in the city and I was delightfully surprised. Before g...
Louvre MuseumParisThis museum is a must, plain and simple. You don’t need to be an art expert by any means but you should decide what you want to see because the museum is huge and you could spend days on end there. I recommend starting at the sculp...
ParísParisParis was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. There was no building, bridge, or church that did not have illuminating detail. I was definitely inspired in many ways, yet the architecture and sculptures took my breath away and ...
Notre Dame CathedralParisThe cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece. Make sure to pay special attention to the main facade, the western porticoes, the west rose window which circles the Virgin in a multitude of colors, and the Gallery of Kings representing the 2...
This church is located in the artsy Montmartre neighborhood, where any student of "les Beaux Arts" will paint your portrait or caricature in 5 minutes time. Its streets carry the aroma of crêpes and ice cream. You can sit for tea i...
Arc de TriompheParisThe Arc de Triomphe is huge. You can reach it from the Champs Élysées at the intersection with the Grand Palais. If you think it's just a short walk, think again. It probably takes a solid hour to get there. The walk up the Champs ...
Montmartre NeighborhoodParisWho wouldn't love to explore the Paris of 50 or 60 years ago, or the Paris of the 19th century inhabited by writers and artists from around the world? Two places where artists like Picasso, Modigliani, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Matiss...
Mont Saint-MichelLe Mont-Saint-MichelThe spot where the abbey was built is really cool. I saw it in pictures for the first time, and I told myself I had to see it with my own eyes. When I actually visited the reality far exceeded any photo I had seen before. It was a m...
Palace of VersaillesVersaillesThe Palace of Versailles, or Chateau de Versailles (a castle or mansion on the outskirts of Paris), is a building that served as a royal residence during past centuries. The Palace is located in the town of Versailles, Île-de-France...
Tuileries GardenParisThis is the garden of the Louvre and the aristocrats which once inhabited the palace. It was designed by Le Notre, the same architect who designed the famous gardens at Versailles. It’s also the most central garden in Paris, locate...
Medieval City of CarcassonneCarcassonneI been to this incredible medieval city three times. Its walls, its church and the general surroundings are beautiful. It might be crowded if you try to visit during the popular summer months. In any case, this place is lovely, very...
Musée d\'OrsayParisAfter my previous visits to Paris, I had always gone home with the pain of having missed the Musee d'Orsay for lack of time. I made do with admiring the beautiful building (designed by Victor Laloux for the Universal Exhibition of 1...
Centre Georges PompidouParisThe Georges Pompidou Centre, known locally as the "Beaubourg," is Paris' main modern art museum. The building was designed by the architect Renzo Piano and is internationally famous for its structure of exposed colored tubing. Be...
Palais GarnierParisThe outside of the building is wonderful, but the most impressive part is inside. The grand staircase is impressive, so is the museum library, hallways, the pylon of the witch, the great hall, and the Rotundas of the Sun and Moon. Y...
Place de la ConcordeParisThe Place de la Concorde was designed in 1753 by Jacques Ange Gabriel in honor of King Louis XV. It houses the very guillotine which ended the life of Marie Antoinette. The Luxor Obelisk donated to Louis-Philippe by Muhammad Ali Pa...
Les InvalidesParisLes Invalides is a large 17th-century building located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. It’s very close to the Military Academy at the end of the Champs de Mars and currently houses the popular Military Museum. Originally, the...
Dune of PilatLa Teste-de-BuchAt first, you tremble at the dune's height, then you prepare yourself to ascend; third, you take three steps and debate if you should take the next ones; fourth, you laugh at yourself at not being able to climb up; fifth, you stand ...
Pont Alexandre IIIParisThe Pont Alexandre III is my favorite sight in all of Paris. Apart from its exuberant decoration of cherubs, nymphs, winged horses, and Art Nouveau lamps, it’s also located near the brilliant golden dome and offers exceptional views...
Gardens of VersaillesVersaillesGarden at its best, care, colorful . Far from the crowd, Louis XIV and subsequent lovers didn´t have bad taste, and escaped from the court to the palace, to enjoy the beautiful sculptures and big open spaces of the garden, it is wor...
Place de la BourseBordeauxFor theses holidays we planned to leave Spain and go to Paris but in the end with a few questions about what we would find we decided to go to Bordeaux, as it was closer and seemed like a nice, relaxing place. In all honesty, it rea...
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Château de ChenonceauChenonceauxA Beautiful castle situated on the river. The entire ground floor is a gallery devoted to the best stories, dances and banquets. But during the First World War it was used as a hospital and in the Second war, the gallery served as ...
Luxembourg GardenParisThis large park is in the 6th arrondissement in the center of Paris, not far from the University of La Sorbonne and the Pantheon. It’s the largest park in the city (Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne are just beyond the edge of...
Carcassonne CastleCarcassonneThis walled city in southern France, near the Pyrenees, is nestled in Cathar (Cathare) country. It offers villages, inaccessible castles on mountain summits and the Canal du midi all within an hour's drive from Carcassonne. It has t...
Notre Dame of Strasbourg CathedralStrasbourgOnce you walk in the streets that lead to the cathedral, you realize that it's like you teleport back in time, being under such a monster created by man gives you the creeps. Everything is nearby, souvenir shops, restaurants and caf...
Cable-stayed BridgeMillauThe whole area of Aveyron, France is full of charming villages that transport you to another era. It's a beautiful area that makes for an unforgettable country holiday.
Champs ElyseesParisMy stroll along the Champs-Élysées is one of the best memories I have of my time in the French capital. I remember going quietly, at my own pace, and checking out the stores I wanted to see and stopping now and then for a coffee or ...
Place Des VosgesParisAlthough not far from usual tourist areas (Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, Jardin des Plantes), this is a small square boxed in my high buildings which makes it invisible to most outsiders. It’s a square complete with fenced gardens,...
Les Machines de l'Ile is an absolutely fantastic artistic project in an environment that whisks you away from normal life. The concept of distinct mechanical animals (they fly!) makes dream come true for both children and parents! T...
Pont des ArtsParisThe Pont des Arts is the most visited bridge in Paris along with the Pont Neuf. It’s more than just a way of crossing the Seine, it’s an experience. It’s built of wood and iron and connects the Louvre courtyard with the Institut de ...
La MadeleineParisL'église de la Madeleine is found in the Place de la Madeleine, just behind the Place de la Concorde. The neo-classical church took 85 years to build due to the wartime instability during that era. It’s located in the 8th arrondisse...
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